Panthers breeze to fourth win in a row

RIPON – The Plymouth Panthers made it four straight wins as they crushed Ripon, 81-43, in an East Central Lakeshore Conference girls basketball game here Tuesday night.

PHS raised its ECC record to 9-3 (13-6 overall). The Panthers share second place with Waupun. Ripon fell to 2-10 in the league (5- 15 overall).

“We sped things up right away and it worked well. We started the game with a 10-0 run,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

The Panthers made it a full-court game – scoring a lot of points in transition, including many off steals. The PHS defense had an outstanding 19 steals as the Tigers committed a whopping 29 turnovers.

“We very well could’ve looked past them but we didn’t. We pressed right away. We set the tone early,” said Shutter.

Lexi Lautenschlaeger, a junior forward, scored a career-high 17 points to spearhead a very balanced PHS attack which had five players in double figures. Lydia Rhude was the second-leading scorer with 14.

Emily Majerus and Gwen Streblow led PHS in assists with five each. Kalei Hering paced the team in steals with an impressive six, followed by Majerus and Streblow with three each.

Plymouth scoring: Kalei Hering 12, Morgan Lisowe 5, Jordyn Pieper 12, Skyler Gosse 7, Lydia Rhude 14, Lexi Lautenschlaeger 15, Emily Majerus 4, Gwen Streblow 12. Three-point goals: Lisowe 1, Gosse 1, Rhude 1.

Ripon scoring: Marissa Davis 3, Marissa Bunge 21, Olivia Lewis 2, Karissa Niederkorn 2, Emma Loewe 5, Ava Moldenhauer 4, Erin McNeill 6.

Field goals: Plymouth 31-70, 44%; Ripon 13-45, 28%. Free throws: Plymouth 16-27, 59%; Ripon 15-22, 68%.

Rebounds: Plymouth 43, Ripon 29. Turnovers: Plymouth 14, Ripon 29.

Streblow led PHS in rebounds with eight, followed by Jordyn Pieper, Lautenschlaeger and Megan Goeser with six apiece. “We played very well overall. Lexi was very solid all-around. Kaeli did a great job on defense against Marissa Bunge,” said Shutter. Hering, a junior guard, held Bunge, a senior guard, to only two points in the first half.

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